I have a penchant for running (in case you hadn’t noticed). It keeps my waistline in check and clears my mind. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been able to conjure up solutions to stubborn issues, reconstruct news features that I’m working on, compose speeches and produce ideas for projects while pounding through the streets and parks of my neighborhood. (Confession: I sometimes keep a tiny notepad and pencil tucked away in my running shorts or jacket so as to not lose any train of thought.) When my feet leave the ground and my body thrusts forward, well, it’s the closest thing to flying.
I have nine marathons, including Boston, under my belt. And I would have had more had it not been for two torn labrums in the hip joint a few years ago. (O.K., I might have over-trained just a little.) My experience with this injury and the long, recovery process prompted me to create for fellow sufferers a content-rich informational website on hip impingement.
I continue to run now that I’m all healed up, but I’ve opted to expand my fitness repertoire – just in case – to include other endurance sports, like cycling/spinning, rowing, swimming, hiking and kayaking. Cross training makes me feel alive and focused, too.
When I’m not doing all these physical things, I’m working out my mind, so to speak. Truth is, I love to create stuff. And I can lose all sense of time while fashioning a blog post, shooting and editing video and photos (landscapes are my specialty, as you can see from this website) and building animated apps. I discovered an innate knack for technology while enrolled in a master’s program for Interactive Media. (Confession No. 2: I wasn’t always this way. In fact, I used to keep new gadgets in their boxes for a few days or even weeks while working up the courage to try them out.)
Now, as technology continues to evolve and improve, especially within the news media, I intend to be there right along with it. With the ink barely dry on my master’s diploma, I am already thinking of the next program to pursue or courses to take to further hone my skills or to learn new ones. I don’t ever want to stop learning – or striving to be better.
There’s never a finish line for this chica!